Archive of Desire, Exhibit and Performances by Amy Walsh

December 3, 2012 to December 21, 2012
Carriage House Gallery, 357 Benefit (rear entrance) Providence, RI


Friday, December 7, 9am - 5pm

Friday December 14, 9am - 5pm

 Feel free to bring a conundrum or an inspiration, on paper, to the performances. They will go into a box that Amy will draw from throughout the performances to influence her thinking.

The Archive of Desire is an ongoing, multidisciplinary project by artist Amy Walsh exploring visionary imagination in everyday life, collective production of stories, and utopia as process. At the heart of the project is a card catalog archiving people's ideas and wishes for a future society written one by one on index cards. For this exhibition Amy will perform a process called Listening to the Future, in which she ritually invokes a complex imaginary new world by recording ideas on index cards for over 20 hours during the course of the exhibition. Visitors may participate by observing the ideas as they are produced and projected on the walls of the gallery space, contributing to the Archive itself, or influencing Amy's thinking by offering either inspirations or conundrums as she works. 

With individuals and groups, Amy facilitates the production of ideas and images that transform or transcend dominant cultural stories about the future (that it will be more of the same, or either an apocalyptic disaster or a technological utopia), and cultivates creative practices which explore the role of imagination and story in shaping reality.

Free and Open to the Public